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Tis the season to be careful

Christmas is an exciting and magical time for most so to keep it that way make sure you are aware of any extras hazards to prevent accidents in the home at Christmas.

Getting into the Christmas spirit can often mean getting involved in doing things around the home that we don’t usually do. Putting up fairy lights; assembling new toys and gifts or attempting to set fire to a Christmas pudding are some of the most common yuletide activities that can end in injury.

Tips to keep you safe this Christmas

According to the Home Accident Surveillance System 2002, there were 1000 Accident and Emergency visits relating to Christmas Trees. Plus 350 people who were injured because of Christmas tree lights. Below are a few tips on how to keep you and your family safe from accidents in the home at Christmas:

  • Christmas can create clutter. Make sure boxes, wrapping paper are tidied away as soon as you can to prevent tripping and falling accidents
  • Ensure any toys that have been purchased for children comply with the necessary safety standards
  • Check the safety of your Christmas lights, if in doubt, replace them
  • If possible assemble toys safely the night before or make sure you have the correct tools on hand but out of reach of children
  • Do not use knives when unwrapping presents or opening boxes. Use scissors
  • Make sure all your lights (including candles) are out before you go to bed

For more tips on Christmas safety in the home visit the ROSPA website.

Claiming compensation for an accident in the home

Victims can sometimes be to blame for their own misjudgements during a time when there is a little more merriment and cheer. However, there are occasions when accidents in the home at Christmas can be the fault of a third party.

If you need some work done on your home then Christmas can be a good excuse to get those niggling jobs done, particularly if you plan to have guests round. Perhaps you need some faulty electrics replaced or would like some new carpet laid. If you suffer an injury because of bad workmanship then it is possible you can claim personal injury compensation.

Accidents in the home at Christmas can also involve defective goods which have been bought as gifts. There are numerous laws which protect consumers who have been injured through the sale of faulty goods and in some cases it is possible to claim personal injury compensation.

Jefferies have a dedicated personal injury solicitors team can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injury. If this is the case please contact us for an informal yet confidential discussion on 0800 342 3206.

Make An Accident Claim

If you feel that you have cause to make an accident claim for compensation, please contact our team of Jefferies no win, no fee solicitors, on our national accident helpline above or fill out our quick online enquiry form so that one of our team can advise on your prospects of claiming for your injuries following an accident.

Your call will be treated in the strictest of confidence by our team of highly experienced solicitors.

Disclaimer

Jefferies Solicitors accepts no responsibility for the validity of the information contained within this article. If you would like more details on Christmas safety in the home please refer to additional sources.

Published on 16th February 2015.

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